A Travel Price Comparison for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons Flam vs. Bergen

Should you visit Flam or Bergen?

Which city should you visit? Read on to compare the prices of travel for Flam and Bergen. We’ll break down costs for accommodation, food, transportation and more to help you learn more about these two destinations. Then, you can figure out if either of these two places are accessible based on your travel budget. So, let's dig into it.

Flam

Flam is a village in Norway. The fjord village of Flam is located on the scenic inner Aurlandsfjord branch of the world's deepest and second-longest fjord, Sognefjord. Flam is surrounded by steep mountains, thundering waterfalls and narrow valleys, and during the spring and summer months you will see large cruise ships gliding in through the narrow fjord with their course set for Flam Harbor. The main attraction here is the stunning mountain railway that creeps up into the surrounding peaks and offers truly eye-popping panoramas. Unfortunately, it's far from a well-kept secret, and on the busiest summer days the tiny village can find itself swamped by several thousand visitors it's probably best left for the quieter seasons of spring and autumn. The popular 'Norway in a Nutshell' tour also stops here.

Bergen

Bergen is the second largest city in Norway, and a major tourist destination due to its proximity and easy access to the fjords in West Norway. The nature that surrounds the city is stunning, and you can easily hop into the nearby countryside for some incredible hikes and outdoor adventures. The city itself is well known for its music and art scenes, making it a cultural haven in the country. There are many reasons to visit Bergen, not the least of which is the people that live there. Bergen is the most hilly city within Norway. It is surrounded by the Seven Mountains, which restrict development and keep the city contained. Situated in the far west of Norway, Bergen can be reached by a very scenic seven hour train ride from Oslo.

Which city is cheaper, Bergen or Flam?

These are the overall average travel costs for the two destinations.

The average daily cost (per person) in Flam is $116, while the average daily cost in Bergen is $113. These costs include accommodation (assuming double occupancy, so the traveler is sharing the room), food, transportation, and entertainment. While every person is different, these costs are an average of past travelers in each city. Below is a breakdown of travel costs for Flam and Bergen in more detail.



Accommodation

For a normal double-occupancy room in Flam, $120 is the average cost for a hotel room. Also in Flam, the typical price for a place to stay for one person is $60, such as in a hostel.

If you're traveling alone, you may be able to find a budget hotel or hostel for around $70. But for two people in a standard two-person hotel room in Bergen the cost is $140 on average.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Flam $60
    Bergen $70
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Flam $120
    Bergen $140

Food

In Flam travelers spend around $37 a day on food. You can save money by choosing casual restaurants or food stalls, or you can spend plenty more by dining in nicer restaurants at every meal.

While meal prices in Bergen can vary, the average travelers spends about $32 per day on food. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out, an average meal in Bergen should cost around $13 per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Bergen is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.


  • Food Meals for one day
    Flam $37
    Bergen $32

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Bergen

Also, here are some specific examples of food and dining related activities in Bergen.

  • Lunch / Dinner-cruise Bergen - Cornelius, the best seafood restaurant in Bergen: $2,154

Local Transportation

To get around in Flam, the average visitor spends $17 per day, per person. This includes the costs of taxi rides and private drivers as well as public transportation, which tends to be much more affordable.

While taxis and private drivers typically cost much more than public transportation, people usually spend around $10 per day to get around in Bergen.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Flam $17
    Bergen $10

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Bergen

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Bergen:

  • TRANSFER, LUXURY VAN 1-7 PAX: Bergen – Oslo: $4,515
  • TRANSFER, LUXURY VAN 1-7 PAX: Bergen – Ålesund: $3,900
  • TRANSFER, LUXURY VAN 1-7 PAX: Bergen – Geiranger: $3,735
  • TRANSFER, LUXURY CAR 1-3 PAX: Bergen – Oslo: $3,612
  • TRANSFER, LUXURY CAR 1-3 PAX: Bergen – Ålesund: $3,120
  • TRANSFER, LUXURY VAN 1-7 PAX: Bergen – Olden, Loen, Stryn: $3,023
  • TRANSFER, STANDARD, 1-7 PAX: Bergen – Oslo: $3,010
  • TRANSFER, LUXURY CAR 1-3 PAX: Bergen – Geiranger: $2,988
  • TRANSFER, LUXURY VAN 1-7 PAX: Bergen – Fagernes, Valdres: $2,922
  • TRANSFER, STANDARD, 1-7 PAX: Bergen – Ålesund: $2,600
  • TRANSFER, STANDARD, 1-7 PAX: Bergen – Geiranger: $2,490
  • TRANSFER, LUXURY CAR 1-3 PAX: Bergen – Olden, Loen, Stryn: $2,418

Entertainment

In Flam, the costs for things to do, activities, admission tickets, and other sightseeing expenses are on average $18 per person, per day.

Activities, things to do, and other forms of entertainment usually cost around $17 per person, per day in Bergen. This cost includes the price of admission tickets to attractions and museums as well as daily tours.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Flam $18
    Bergen $17

Tours and Activities in Flam

Also, here are some specific examples of entertainment, tickets, and activities for Flam.

  • Cruise Special - Flåm private tour: $501
  • PRIVATE GUIDED TOUR: World Heritage Fjord Landscape tour, from Flåm, OFF-SEASON: $729
  • PRIVATE GUIDED TOUR: World Heritage Fjord Landscape – Viking Special – from Flåm: $776
  • Sognefjord Private Yacht Cruise from Flam by classic Grand Banks: $1,003
  • PRIVATE GUIDED TOUR: World Heritage Fjord Landscape tour from Flam, 4 hours: $1,488

Tours and Activities in Bergen

Some specific costs of activities, tours, and entrance tickets for Bergen are as follows:

  • 4 Day Bergen - Hardangerfjord cruise: $8,502
  • ALL ELECTRIC: Emission free tour to the World Heritage Fjords, 10.5 hours: $860
  • ALL ELECTRIC: Emission free tour to the World Heritage Fjords, 13 hours: $1,030
  • AMAZING HARDANGER: Private round trip with Fjord Cruise – from Bergen, 11 hours: $1,001
  • Bergen - Folgefonna Glacier private cruise: $3,600
  • Bergen - Ullensvang private cruise, one way: $3,900
  • Bergen 3-in one Guided Tour - Fjord Cruise, City Sightseeing and Mount Fløyen: $353
  • Bergen Active: The Exinge valley Bicycle downhill experience: $750
  • Bergen Like a Local: Customized Private Tour: $45
  • Bergen Panoramic Tour - Shore Excursion from Bergen: $72
  • Bergen Private Walking Tour: $260
  • Bergen Self-Guided Audio Tour: $15

Alcohol

Alcoholic beverages can often be a significant portion of a traveler's budget, and the costs can vary greatly from person to person. In Flam, the average amount that a visitor spends on alcoholic beverages per day is $3.84.

The average person spends about $7.17 on alcoholic beverages in Bergen per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Flam $3.84
    Bergen $7.17


When comparing the travel costs between Flam and Bergen, we can see that Flam is more expensive. However, the two cities are actually relatively comparable in price, as the difference is somewhat minimal. Generally, this means that you could travel with generally the same travel style and level of luxury in each place. Since both cities are in Europe, it's no surprise that their costs are relatively close, as many destinations here have somewhat similar travel prices overall.

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